THE EXCHANGE

Fairy tern, Sternula nereis

STATUS: VULNERABLE

This male offers a fish to the female in the hope of mating; usually the fish is exchanged during mating. The female quickly left once she got the fish. Fairy terns face many threats, which include loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development.

Mandurah Estuary, Mandurah, Western Australia

Canon 1DX Mk II, Canon 500 f4 II IS with 1.4x extender, 1/3200, f/7.1, ISO 800, handheld

by Shelley Pearson, Western Australia